Celebration of Achievement is an annual event which sees our top achievers being recognised in a formal ceremony, held at Truro Cathedral. On Monday 15th June, this year’s award winners received both subject awards and special awards for extracurricular achievements and included our Year 8 County Rugby Champions and County Netball Champions, our Ten Tors team, Tenner Challenge and Tenner Relay entrepreneurs, Science Leaders and Detectives, Maths Challenge Medal winners, Top Merit Scorers, Carrick Dancers, Terpsichore musicians and the Respect group who work hard to prevent bullying and support vulnerable students at Richard Lander School.
Altogether over 300 students received awards which were presented by ex-teacher and Head of Languages - Mr Phil Rowe.
The occasion provided an opportunity to announce Head Boy and Head Girl for 2015/2016. We are delighted that Oscar Davies and Maggie Sykes have accepted these posts.
The Jo Bunt Award, in honour of ex-student Jo who kept motivated and inspired others despite having terminal cancer, is presented annually to other inspirational students. This year Lowenna John’s hard work and commitment to the Respect Group earned her this award. The Oliver Beckerlegge Modern Foreign Languages Award went to Isobel Doughty who also performed Chopin beautifully on her flute for the audience.
The evening was enhanced by other fantastic musical performances given by our school Jazz Band who played ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, by Terpsichore who played two dances by Praetorius and, of course, the Cousin Jacks who weren’t being bothered by the cold during their ‘Frozen’ rendition.
As is traditional at Richard Lander School Celebration of Achievement, the evening closed with parents, staff and students singing Trelawney or The Song of the Western Men, commonly considered to be the unofficial Cornish national anthem. It refers to a mooted attempt to rescue Jonathan Trelawny, a Cornish bishop who was tried for his refusal to obey James II of England.
Well done to all the students who received awards and thank you to Truro Cathedral for allowing us to hold Celebration of Achievement in such a beautiful and atmospheric venue, thank you to the Mayor of Truro, Councillor Mrs Eathorne-Gibbons for attending and to Canon Lynda Barley for her blessing.